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Brand Spotlight: Loloi

You can always look to our Modsy catalog for an ever-changing roster of new brands, top retailers, and emerging designers and shops to keep on your radar. We’ll also continue to spotlight our favorite Modsy brands with furniture and designs that span styles and budgets.

Next up: Loloi!

Meet The Brand: Loloi

Founded in 2004 by Amir Loloi in Dallas, Texas, Loloi is family owned and operated to this day. The company got its start when Amir wanted to change the rug industry by offering more innovative carpets that encompassed of-the-moment styles and trends. Loloi quickly became a game-changer in the rug world, leading the way for forward-thinking designs.

What They’re Known For

Loloi has become a designer go-to for beautifully designed rugs that are high-quality and accessible in a wide range of price points. The brand also offers poufs, throw blankets, woven wall art, and pillows with a modern-boho vibe. They’ve also struck up amazing collaborations with design stars, including Joanna Gaines, Chris Loves Julia, Ellen Degeneres, and Justina Blakeney, who we are not-so-secretly obsessed with!

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Why We Love Them

In addition to offering great design at affordable prices, Loloi is committed to craftsmanship and fair labor practices. They work closely with their rug artisans and weavers in India and ensure they are treated and paid fairly. It’s what lies at the heart of Loloi’s rug designs, which are handmade using generations-old techniques and guaranteed to last for years.

Today, Loloi is one of the top brands for finding rugs in the widest range of styles, from rustic to modern to traditional, that fit many aesthetics and homes!

If you’re just starting your search for the perfect rug, also check out our guides on how to choose a rug and how much to spend on a rug.

Here’s a peek at our Stylists’ Picks from Loloi! 

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Omen Jute Rug: Add instant warmth and texture to your floors with this earthy rug hand-woven from jute, wool, and cotton. It has a wavy chevron pattern that brings a touch of subtle elegance. Try using it to anchor a living room seating area or to ground a rustic dining space. Also check out our guide on natural fiber rugs for more decorating ideas and tips on how to care for them.

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Rumi Rug: With its soft colors and lightly washed look, this traditional rug brings a lived-in look and feel to rooms. Hand-woven from wool and viscose, it’s the perfect plush foundation for a bedroom or guest room. You can also pull this rug into a kids room or play space for a warm layer with an inviting vibe.

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Victoria Rug: For a bold dose of color, texture, and pattern, this traditional rug has it all. The vibrant turquoise and yellow palette offers timeless appeal while the high-pile construction of the rug gives it a soft, plush feel. Use it as the colorful foundation in a neutral bedroom with clean-lined modern pieces and crisp linens.

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Leela Rug By Justina Blakeney: This beautifully soft-hued rug is part of Justina Blakeney’s collection for Loloi, which was inspired by abstract and geometric freehand art. Made of 100% wool pile, this hooked rug is the perfect blend of modern and timeless with its contemporary shapes and versatile palette. Mix it into a clean-lined living room or pair it with boho furnishings for a bolder look. For more living room rug ideas, check out our tips on how to arrange a rug.

Red vintage style Loloi Rug

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Loren Rug: Get the vintage hand-knotted rug look at an affordable price with this soft-hued pattern Turkish rug. The traditional floral patterns paired with the washed look gives the rug a sophisticated timeworn aesthetic. It’s a versatile rug that can blend nicely with furniture and accents in many different styles, making it a great choice for modern or eclectic living spaces.

Black and cream Moroccan style Loloi rug

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Sahara Rug: Reminiscent of plush Moroccan rugs, this modern take on the design adds instant warmth and a graphic element to any living room setup. The black-and-white palette along with the soft texture of the rug lends itself to a crisp coastal space or an airy modern family home. The globally inspired pattern can also pair seamlessly with boho accents and furnishings, such as woven ottomans and shibori pillows.

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Cornelia Rug by Justina Blakeney: Combining softness, durability, this beautifully textured rug from Justina Blakeney’s Cornelia Collection for Loloi is all about the details. From the ribbed texture to the fringing, this rug features tactile finishing touches that are both bold and elegant. It will mix nicely into a casual and eclectic living space, or let its intricate pattern be the spotlight in a minimalist space.

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Oakdell Rug by Ellen Degeneres: Part of the talk show host’s collection for Loloi, this neutral rug is our idea of a perfect flatweave. Expertly hand-woven in India, the wool-and-polyester rug is a wonderful foundation alongside streamlined neutral furnishings and accents. If you’re a Japandi-style lover or a Scandinavian aficionado, this is a gorgeous rug option that offers a soothing palette, soft texture, and subtle elegance all at once.

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Solano Rug by Ellen Degeneres: This rustic rug is from Ellen Degeneres’s Solano collection with Loloi. It brings together earthy colors, natural texture, and tribal motifs that play up a sense of warmth and a welcoming ambiance in rooms. Hand-woven of 100% wool, it makes for a stylish and durable accent to add into a family room, office, or sitting room.

Also check out our rug tips on:

Why are rugs so expensive

Why we love wool rugs

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6 Reasons We Love Wool Rugs (And You Will Too)

Here at Modsy, we’re big fans of wool rugs. When walking people through how to choose a rug, we turn to wool over and over again. In fact, if we could only choose one rug material for the rest of our lives, it would be wool. Why, you ask? Well, there are so many reasons that wool is our MVP rug material.

Today, we’re breaking down the benefits of wool carpeting and unpacking why this hard-working natural fiber is one of our favorites. Read on for some wool rug pros and cons to help you see if a wool rug is right for you.

Here are 6 reasons to love wool rugs and wool carpets:

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1. Wool Rugs Are Durable and Long-Lasting

When you invest your money into something for your home, you want it to last, right? Right. Well, with a wool rug, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. While they tend to cost more on the front end, the durability of wool makes these rugs very long-lasting—so, the “cost-per-use” breakdown ends up being much less over time than with a less expensive rug. Wool rugs can last well over 50 years if you treat them well, so while they’re an investment, you’ll get to enjoy them for a longer period of time than with other rug materials. There’s a reason why so many of the antique and vintage rugs you see out there are 100% wool—because it’s a material that’s made to last and has stood the test of time!

One notable area that this durability shows up is in how easily wool recovers from indenting caused by the pressure of furniture legs. Over the lifespan of a wool rug, you’ll inevitably move once or twice—and, in moving, you’ll likely uncover some deep indents in your rug from your furniture legs. But the elasticity of wool fibers means that it will easily spring back into shape!

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2. Wool is Non-Toxic and Antimicrobial

Wool—which comes from sheep—is an all-natural material and is naturally non-toxic. And, with so many toxins floating around in the world, it’s nice to have one less thing to worry about! It’s also naturally antimicrobial—which essentially means it cleans itself. When something is antimicrobial, it means that it inhibits or kills the growth of microorganisms. So, you won’t find mold, mildew, bacteria, or mites growing on your wool rugs. This also helps wool resist absorbing odors, which keeps your rug and room smelling more fresh!

Bonus: Wool also naturally has very high levels of nitrogen and a high water content, which makes wool flame-resistant as well!

3. Wool is an Environmentally Friendly and Renewable Resource

In addition to being a natural material, it’s worth noting that wool is a renewable resource. Adult sheep naturally produce wool year-round and are shorn about once a year. Shearing doesn’t hurt a sheep—and, in fact, it’s quite necessary for a sheep’s health and hygiene. Excess wool can impede a sheep’s ability to regulate its temperature, causing overheating, and can also trap urine and feces which attracts pests. So, shearing a sheep is a necessary and compassionate practice, and results in beautiful, environmentally friendly products. (If only an annual haircut for us yielded such great results!)

But it is a process to turn wool into rugs (or any other wool product, like clothing or blankets). After shearing, wool must be washed, sorted, carded, combed, spun, formed into yarn, and then dyed before it can be woven into a rug. This lengthy process is one of the reasons we cite when customers ask us, “why are rugs so expensive?

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4. Wool Rugs Are Easier to Clean Than Other Materials

Wool fibers have a waxy outer coating which is what helps make wool antimicrobial. But this same coating helps wool repel liquids—a wonderful quality when it comes to rugs! If you spill anything on a wool rug, liquid will be slow to absorb, and in some cases it even rolls right off. So, you can easily dab and soak up any spills before they soak into your rug. Just make sure you get to it quickly so you don’t tempt fate! But even if you find a spill after it’s dried, a solution of dish soap and water can pick up most stains in a wool rug!

This stain-resistant quality makes wool rugs great for homes with kids and pets, where spills and messes are inevitable. And it’s also a great material for rugs in high-traffic areas. (Just opt for a low-pile wool rug in these areas, which will be easier to vacuum and clean!)

Read Next: How to Clean Your Upholstery

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5. Wool Rugs Are Resistant to Color Fading

The same natural coating that makes wool antimicrobial and water resistant also helps its color absorption and retention—which is a great quality for dyed and colorful wool rugs. If you buy a wool rug that wasn’t chemically treated during the production process, you’ll find that the wool will be extremely fade-resistant—resulting in beautiful, brilliantly colored rugs for years and years. (Chemically processed wool removes its natural protective properties, which makes it more susceptible to color fading, but leaves the wool softer and silkier.) So, even in antique wool rugs you’ll still see rich, saturated colors because wool holds onto color so well. However, to help the color last as long as possible, keep your rug—wool, or any other material—out of constant, direct sunlight.

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6. Wool Rugs Are Highly Versatile

Wool rugs are highly versatile, and you can almost certainly find a wool rug in your preferred style. They’re made in both high and low-pile designs, so you can find a wool rug at the plushness you desire. They’re also made in a wide variety of colors and patterns. From vintage-inspired to modern, geometric to organic, patterned or solid-colored—you can find a wool rug to suit your style and color scheme.

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Other Wool Rug Considerations

Some people may call these the cons of wool. Others might just classify them as things to con-sider before purchasing. Either way, keep these three things in mind when shopping for a wool rug!

Cost

Like we mentioned earlier, wool rugs tend to be more expensive than other rug materials. Among natural fiber rugs, wool is just behind silk as the most expensive material. And wool rugs tend to be significantly more expensive than synthetic fibers. But when it comes to natural vs synthetic rugs, we really do believe that wool rugs pay for themselves over time with how long they last. So, if you can stretch your budget to get a wool rug, we’d encourage you to do so.

Upkeep

Wool sheds a lot at first. It does come from an animal, after all—and most animals shed! However, with the way wool is woven into rugs, the shedding decreases over time. Regular vacuuming can help mitigate shedding and keep your rug looking fresh. Shoot for a quick vacuum about three times a week! One other thing to note: hand-knotted rugs shed less than power-loomed wool rugs. So, look at the production process of a rug if this is a concern!

Allergies

Some people are allergic to wool—so, obviously that’s something you’d want to consider before purchasing a wool rug. If it’s a significant allergy, we’d recommend skipping this material in your home decor altogether. Cotton and silk are great alternatives if you want to stay in the natural fibers realm. However, for someone with a mild allergy to wool and only flares up with direct contact, you could still opt for a wool rug if you feel the benefits outweigh the allergy—but be cautious about how you interact with it. Basically, avoid sitting or laying directly on the rug, and rinse off after cleaning your wool rug.

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How to Layer Rugs: Design Tips for Styling Layered Rugs

Layered rugs. You’ve seen the look on all your favorite design blogs. You’ve pinned images and dreamed of having this casual but considered look in your own home. But you might be feeling stumped as to how to actually pull off this look.

Rug layering is a design trick that makes your space seem extra thoughtful, well-designed, and curated. It gives your space a more nuanced look and adds a dose of coziness. And here’s the good news: there’s actually no one right way to approach layered rugs. But there are a few best practices!

Want to know how to ace the layered rug look in your space? Keep reading for our best tips and ideas for how to layer rugs in rooms throughout your home!

how to layer rugsWoven + Patterned Rugs

Use your layered rugs to anchor a cozy, conversational seating area in your living room, with your coffee table centered over two layered rugs. An old-world patterned rug layered over a chunky wool and jute rug adds color and texture to the space.

Why It Works

This layering, similar to the bedroom example above, adds depth and a pop of color to your decor scheme. Plus, it helps to expand the seating area perimeter so there’s a little more breathing room between furniture while still having enough floor coverage.

Where To Use It

This is a great approach for large living rooms. It allows all of your sitting area furniture to be on the rug without a singular large rug. Check out our living room rug size guide if you want extra help with sizing.

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Jute + Traditional Rugs

Here’s a no-fail way to think about layering rugs. Use a large jute rug as your base, then layer a bold-print or traditional patterned rug on top for some color and pattern. This is a perfect approach for if you have a smaller vintage or statement rug that wouldn’t be the right size on its own. But layer it over a larger rug and it works with the space!

Why It Works

This layering technique adds dimension and stylistic layers to your space—and just gives it a polished look! We love the combo of the different textures that help bring a space to life. Wondering why jute rugs make such a great base rug? Read our guide to natural fiber rugs to learn more.

Where To Use It

This is great for bedrooms, or anywhere that you want extra cushion underfoot. We love that the jute rug gives ample floor covering and the top rug pulls in colors from the rest of the room while adding a softer layer to the floor.

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how to layer rugsJute + Shag Rugs

To get a lot of floor coverage, start with a jute rug as your base, then layer a shag rug on top for an extra-cozy layer. This is a great way to utilize a rug that’s too small on its own but that you really want to showcase!

Why It Works

The jute rug covers a lot of the floor. (This one is 9.5×13.5!) Meanwhile, the shag rug adds color and a fun pattern to the space while also creating a super soft surface.

Where To Use It

This is great for kids spaces, so you kids can comfortably play on the floor. (Bonus: add a sheepskin in a reading nook for an extra cozy third layer!) But really, the idea works anywhere you want extra cushion—from a living room to a bedroom or office. Pro tip: Indoor-outdoor rugs are also great kid and pet-friendly rug options!

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Flat-Weave + Hide Rugs

Love the idea of a bold accent but prefer a neutral color palette? Pop a hide rug (real or faux) over a flatweave area rug to accentuate part of your space. Want an extra splash of boldness? Opt for a hide rug with flecks of gold, like the one pictured above.

Why It Works

A hide rug adds a hint of pattern and texture without overwhelming the space. And its organic shape adds visual interest when layered over the simple flat-weave rug.

Where To Use It

Use this layering technique in small or awkward spaces. Here, we used it in a bedroom, in the narrower space between the bed and the wall, accentuating the space that is there.

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Hide + Circular Rugs

Here’s a totally different take on layering rugs. In this space, we’ve paired two irregular-shaped rugs, just slightly overlapping, for a funky and unique look.

Why It Works

Since both of these rugs lack hard edges and corners, you can easily move them around and layer them differently for a versatile and varied layout and arrangement. The organic shapes means there are no hard and fast rules about where to place them.

Where To Use It

This is a great set-up for small or oddly shaped rooms, where a large rectangular area rug might not fit or would make the space feel cramped.

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how to layer rugsJute + Round Rugs

To create a distinct zone within a larger space, layer a round accent rug on top of a large jute, rattan, or even sisal rug. The jute rug will give you the floor coverage you need, while the round rug will help section off part of the room into its own space.

Why It Works

Not only is this a fun way to layer rugs and mix shapes, colors, and patterns—but it also helps you accentuate a special area of a room, whether that’s a full reading corner or just a way to highlight a unique chair.

Where To Use It

In the room above, we used this layering technique to create a reading and sitting area within a home office. But the same idea would work in a bedroom, or even for a second seating area within a large living room!

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how to layer rugsBase + Small Accent Rugs

Do you have a small accent rug that you love, but you also like the idea of a large area rug in your bedroom for more coverage and comfort underfoot? Go for both! By layering a special “landing” rug over a base rug with a pattern, you’ll create a cozy and plush spot when stepping out of bed. And don’t be afraid of pattern on pattern—in fact, you can choose two rugs that have similar patterns and hues or are totally contrasting.

Why It Works

This layering technique adds an extra pop of color to your space and accentuates the bedside area. The layered patterns add visual interest to an otherwise simple bedroom.

Where To Use It

This approach is best used in a bedroom, on one or both sides of your bed. Not sure what size of area rug to get for the base? Check out our bedroom rug size guide.

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how to layer rugsRunners + Accent Rugs

Layer long and narrow rugs together to add pattern and softness underfoot. These can be runners, with their ends overlapping, or you can mix small rugs with runners, or even smaller area rugs depending on the space. Layer them at angles in a way that looks casual but considered.

Why It Works

Layering rugs of different sizes and patterns gives an elegant and eclectic look to any space. Just make sure the rugs overlap some to lessen the tripping hazard!

Where To Use It

This is a perfect approach for a long and narrow space, like a hallway, galley kitchen, or even a long and narrow living room.

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Bedroom Rug Size Guide: How to Find the Right Rug for Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is a place to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. And it’s also where you start each new day. So, you want it to be a beautiful and relaxing space, so that each day starts and ends peacefully, despite what happens in between! A comfortable bed and cozy bedding are absolute musts in any bedroom. But a rug is another one of those bedroom essentials, adding a comfortable, cozy element to your room while also adding a grounding element. Though there are plenty of other reasons your bedroom needs a rug!

But it can be tricky to figure out what size of rug is right for your space. There are so many rug dimensions to choose from! (Choosing the wrong rug size is one of the most common bedroom design mistakes we see!) There’s no one-size-fits all answer to bedroom rugs. It all depends on the size of your room and the size of your bed.

What Sizes To Consider

There are a couple of different sizes of area rugs to consider in a bedroom. A 9×12 rug is very large—which can be a pro or con, depending on how you look at it. It gives you a ton of floor coverage and still showcases the design of the rug, but it’s also the most expensive option. However, it’s great for covering old floors or layering over old carpet and adding a plush feel underfoot. Just make sure you have at least six inches between the rug’s edge and the wall so that it doesn’t look like wall-to-wall carpeting.

An 8×10 area rug is one of the most popular rug sizes, making it easy to find a design you love in the right size. And this rug size will obviously be more affordable than a 9×12. However, if you pair this size with a king or queen bed, a lot of the rug’s design will be covered by the bed.

If you have a smaller bed, like a full or twin, 6×9 area rugs are a good size to consider. Like an 8×10, it’s also a pretty versatile size that can be used elsewhere in your home. While it would be much too small for a queen or king-size bed, with a full or twin, this rug size will give you plenty of coverage while still showing enough of the design to make a big impact. A 5×7 rug is the smallest area rug size you’d want to go for in a bedroom—but it’s also the most affordable option.

Want some extra guidance? We’ll walk you through a bedroom rug size guide and help you determine which rug size is right for your bedroom. Keep reading for some bedroom design ideas, with insight on the best rug sizes and layouts for bedrooms of all kinds—from master bedrooms to small bedrooms, king-size beds to twins, and everything in between. (You can also check out our living room rug guide to help you find the right size of rug for your living room, too!)

The Best Rug Sizes for King Beds

If you’re looking for the best rug size for a king bed, congratulations! You’re living the dream, at least as far as beds go. King sized beds are the biggest of them all, so you’ll need a larger rug size to go with it. Here are our recommendations:

King Bed With a 9×12 Rug

A 9×12 area rug is going to be your best bet for a master bedroom with a king-size bed. It’s big enough to cover space on either side of the bed, along with plenty of space at the end. In fact, you’d have enough rug there to add a bench at the end of the bed, while still having walking space beyond it. And even if you have larger nightstands, a 9×12 rug will be wide enough to go past the edges of both nightstands. A 9×12 rug is certainly big, but it feels in proportion to the size of a king bed.

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King Bed With an 8×10 Rug

An 8×10 area rug will cover the width of a king-size bed—but it definitely shows less on the sides and the end. To give yourself enough coverage at the end of the bed, especially if you have a bench at the end, you’ll have to place the rug further away from your nightstands. This size of rug is a good choice for smaller master bedrooms that have king-size beds, as it won’t overwhelm the space like 9×12 bedroom rugs would.

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The Best Rug Sizes for Queen Beds

With a queen bed, you have less bedframe area, so you have a few more options when it comes to picking the right rug size. A lot of this will depend on your room size and shape, but here are our rug size recommendations for standard queen bed frames:

Queen Bed With a 9×12 Rug

If you have the square footage to support it, we also believe that a 9×12 area rug is the best size for bedroom rugs under a queen bed. It’s big enough to cover a great deal of space on either side of the bed, at the end of the bed, and can also go under the front legs of your nightstands. We love that it covers a lot of floor space around bed so that a majority of the rug’s design is visible. A 9×12 rug is large compared to a queen-size bed, which gives this look a  big design impact.

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Queen Bed With an 8×10 Rug

An 8×10 area rug is a very popular size for rugs in general, and works really well with a queen-size bed in a master bedroom or guest room. It still covers the bed’s width with about two feet of space on either side, but to have enough showing at the end of the bed you won’t be able to have the rug’s edge under your nightstands. 8×10 area rugs are more affordable and are easy to find—and they very much suit the proportions of a queen bed. The one downside to this size of rug is that much of the rug’s design will be covered by the bed.

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Queen Bed With Two 5×7 Rugs

If you want a more unique look, consider placing two matching 5×7 rugs on either side of your queen bed. This is a great look for long and narrow spaces, as the rugs cover the length of the room on both sides of the bed, giving your feet a soft place to land! With a pair of 5×7 rugs, you’ll see almost the full design on both sides—which is great for rugs with beautiful designs and intricate patterns.

There’s a versatility in this approach as well, as you can easily use this size of rug in other spaces throughout your home. And it may even be more affordable to buy two bedroom rugs of this size rather than one 9×12 rug. However, you do need two of them. And, since there’s a portion of floor space that isn’t covered by a rug at the end of the bed, you’d have to skip a bench or trunk at the end of the bed, as it just wouldn’t look right.

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The Best Rug Sizes for Full and Twin Beds

When it comes to the smallest two bed frame sizes, finding the right rug size depends a lot on your room size and bedroom layout. Here are our recommendations for the best rug sizes to go with your twin or full sized bed:

Full Bed With a 6×9 Rug

If you have a bed that’s full-size, a 6×9 area rug is a great choice. It covers the bed’s width, plus it’s an affordable and versatile rug size. However, it doesn’t give you quite as much coverage on the side or end of the bed as a 8×10 rug would, so most of the rug’s design will be covered by the bed. It also won’t come as close to your nightstand. However, if you’re looking for small bedroom rugs, this is an ideal size to still give a high-impact look without wall-to-wall coverage.

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Twin Bed With a 5×7 Rug

For a bedroom with a twin-size bed, you can get away with a much smaller rug. A 5×7 area rug provides coverage where you need it, covering the width of the bed and still having a bit at the end of the bed. However, it does cover up quite a bit of the rug’s design. If you want a bit more floor coverage and more of the design to show, you could always bump up to a 6×8 rug. The great thing about 5×7 rugs are how affordable they are. They’re great for a bedroom with a twin bed to keep it from sliding around on a hardwood floor—which is especially great for those with rambunctious kids! In a small bedroom where the twin bed is pushed against a wall, you could also flip the rug the long way and layer it under the front legs of your nightstand and along the exposed side of the bed.

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The Ultimate Living Room Rug Guide: How to Find the Right Rug Size for Your Living Space

A living room is one of the most important rooms in your house. It’s where you drink your morning coffee, relax after work, gather for movie and game nights. As one of the most used rooms in your home, it’s important to make it cozy and comfortable. And a big part of that is grounding the space with a rug!

But it can be difficult to know the right rug size for your space. There are so many variables and living room design ideas to consider—your room shape and size, the furniture in your space, and the overall layout. And then there are the inevitable questions of, “Why are rugs so expensive?” and “Should I skimp or splurge on a rug?”

But today, we’re hoping to simplify the process. Let this blog post be your guide to walk you through living rooms with rugs—from the various living room rug size options to ways to design them within your space—so you can determine which is right for you.

What Rug Sizes To Consider

First, let’s talk about rug sizes. In most cases, you’ll be choosing between a 6×9, 8×10, or 9×12 area rug. You might think that the size you choose depends on the size of your living room—but as we’ll show you below, you can actually opt for any of these sizes in the same room. But each size will have a different look and feel.

A 6×9 area rug, being the smallest area rug size you’d want to go for, will typically sit in front of your furniture—or, at most, you’ll just have two legs of an accent chair sitting on top of the rug. Since you want it covering as much visible floor space as possible, you won’t want this sitting under the front legs of your sofa. This is a great option if you have a special vintage or heirloom rug that you want to showcase and not partially cover up with furniture. You could also layer a 6×9 rug over a larger flat-weave rug if you want more surface area covered. (Here’s our guide to natural fiber rugs if you want to explore that option.)

An 8×10 area rug is the most common rug size used in a home. It gives you the dimensions you need to create some overlap with your sofa and other furniture, which gives a cozier vibe than a 6×9 rug. And, since it’s the most common size throughout homes, it also offers the versatility of being able to swap rugs to different spaces throughout your home when and if you want to switch up your look!

Since a 9×12 is one of the largest rug sizes, it’s also going to be the most expensive choice.

However, if you have the square footage and budget for it, this is a great option for covering and protecting large floor areas. It also gives you lots of room for lounging or for your kids to play on the rug! (Kids love the coziness of a plush rug.)

Ready to see these different rug sizes come to life in a living room layout so you can find the right rug size for your living room? We designed one room three ways, and showed how each of these three different rug sizes would work in each design. (Hopefully it will also be a spark of inspiration for how to decorate a living room beyond just your choice of rug.) Keep reading to see how you can use each of these rug sizes with a regular sofa, a sofa with a chaise, and an L-shaped sectional!

The Living Room With a Sofa

A traditional sofa with one or two accent chairs is probably the most common living room layout out there. But, depending on the rug size, style, and overall layout you go for, this look is anything but common. We opted to skip a coffee table in this look and used a pouf instead, which gives added flexibility to this arrangement.

6×9 Rug With a Sofa + Chair

With a 6×9 area rug, the rug will sit partially under the accent chair, but it won’t sit under the sofa at all. Give the rug about an inch of space between the sofa. The pouf, however, since it can be a makeshift coffee table, should be fully on the rug. This layout is great for small spaces, as it allows you to maximize the square footage of a small rug and lets you create an open space between the sofa and chairs, which is especially great if you have kids!

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8×10 Rug With a Sofa + Chair

Using an 8×10 area rug with a sofa and accent chair means the rug will go about six inches under the sofa and three-fourths of the way under the chair. The sides of the rug will also go beyond the sofa; you can either center the sofa on the rug or let one side be longer for an asymmetrical look! With this size and layout, your seating arrangement can be less compact, giving you space to spread out on the rug and allowing for more walkthrough space.

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9×12 Rug With a Sofa + Chair

Want maximum floor playing and lounging space? Opt for a 9×12 area rug. With this layout, the rug sits halfway under the sofa and the chair is almost fully on the rug. You can also place the side table and lamp either partially or fully on the rug. This rug size also means you can easily add extra chairs, another pouf, or an actual coffee table without sacrificing space for spreading out, as you have a lot of ground coverage to work with.

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The Living Room With a Sofa Chaise

Opting for a sofa with a chaise gives you extra room for lounging compared to a regular sofa. We paired it with an accent chair for conversational seating, along with a round coffee table that can tuck within the angle of the chaise.

6×9 Rug With a Chaise Sofa + Accent Chair

Using a 6×9 area rug with a chaise sofa and accent chair is a set-up that’s geared toward conversation. In this arrangement, the rug sits under the front legs of the accent chair and the feet of the chaise—but not under the main part of the sofa. This is a great option if you want your furniture to sit closer together, creating a more intimate seating arrangement. It’s also good for small spaces where you don’t have much room to work with past the furniture, since the whole arrangement is more compact.

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8×10 Rug With a Chaise Sofa + Accent Chair

When pairing an 8×10 area rug with a chaise sofa and accent chair, have the rug go about six inches under the sectional and about three-fourths of the way under the accent chair. And make sure the rug is centered under the sofa, so it goes evenly beyond each side of the sofa! This is great for those who desire a conversational seating arrangement but want the option to spread out a bit more.

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9×12 Rug With a Chaise Sofa + Accent Chair

With a 9×12 area rug, the rug will sit almost fully under the accent chair and six to twelve inches under the sofa. The side table and lamp can also be placed on the rug. This is a flexible layout, as it gives you the option of adding more chairs or a pouf for an extra seating option, and you could also upgrade the size of your coffee table with this layout.

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The Living Room With a Sectional

In this layout, we’re using an L-shaped sectional as the main piece of furniture in the living room. We’ve paired it with a round coffee table that tucks within the L-shape, and also used two leather poufs as additional seating options.

6×9 Rug With a Sectional

Since a 6×9 area rug is on the smaller side, the rug doesn’t sit under the sectional sofa in this layout—but it does cover the floor where your feet hit the ground while sitting on the sofa. For this arrangement, you’ll place the short side of the rug within the corner of the sectional, and let the long side stretch out toward the wall. You can then balance out the length with a pair of poufs at the end of the rug, or you could even add armchairs off the rug, perpendicular to the sofa and poufs, if you want extra seating options. The idea here is that none of the seating touches the rug, which lets you see—and showcase—all of the rug.

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8×10 Rug With a Sectional

In this arrangement, the front of the sectional just barely sits over the rug—about six inches of overlap. This is great for a more grounded and cozy look, since there’s overlap on two corners of the rug. This size also gives you some lounging space on the rug, compared to the more compact arrangement in the previous design!

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9×12 Rug With a Sectional

With a 9×12 area rug and the L-shaped sectional, the rug sits one half to three-fourths of the way under the sectional. This gives you lots of great space for lounging on the rug. (Kids love this!) And with the extra coverage, you can easily add extra chairs or poufs, or a larger coffee table since you have extra ground coverage.

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Still feeling stuck? Try on rugs in a 3D version of your room with Modsy’s design services! We’ll help you figure out what rug size and layout is best for you. Plus, we’ll help you find the right rug material, pattern, and color for your space as well! We’ll work with you to find the right fit so that when you finally pull the trigger on buying one, you can feel confident of how it will look in your home!

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Style Ideas: 3 Ways to Layer Cowhide Rugs

Love it, hate it, or not sure what to make of it – the cowhide rug trend has proven itself to be enduringly popular.

We are among the lovers. We love it on its own, but we really love is a cowhide rug layered on top of other rugs. And in this warm, rich cream color, what’s not to love?

Here are 3 ways to layer cowhide rugs in your home.

 

1. Escape From the Norm

Let’s face it, design options in a typical bedroom can be pretty limited. Rectangles abound –  room shape, bed, rug, dresser, bench – everything except maybe the bedside lamp! But place a curvy cowhide rug so it spills toward one corner, and all those straight lines are instantly relaxed, just like a bedroom should be.

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2. Mess With Perfection

Add a touch of devil-may-care to a space by stepping outside the restraints of symmetry. The fluid and organic shape of a cowhide rug, added to an otherwise precisely balanced space, says “Hey, loosen up.”

Layering with Cowhide Rugs: 3 Ways

3. Extend Your Reach

Take advantage of every square foot of your space by using a cowhide rug to reach areas where traditionally shaped rugs don’t work. In this living room, this layering trick creates a connection between the two seating areas making the space feel larger and less choppy.
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Holy Cow! More Cowhide Rugs!

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Overstock, $356.00
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Cowhide Espresso Rug
Crate & Barrel, $299


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Cowhide Imports, $650